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Revell-Monogram Model T Roadster

June 2007
Ford Model T Roadster
Revell-Monogram No. 85-2022
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: White, clear
Scale: 1/24
MSRP: $15.50
Pros: Suspension detail, engine
Cons: Most chrome parts have flash; mounting pin/hole problems; instructions vague/confusing in some areas

The Ford Model T Roadster is part of the GoodGuys Rod and Custom series. The kit includes 109 parts, and a bunch of them are chrome.

You have a choice of manifolds and air-intake systems, a choice of decals, a pull-behind trailer, and a top that can be placed on the body or left off. You also have a choice of a bed cover for the trailer or a wooden fence for three sides of the trailer.

The finished kit is decent-looking, but it's not without its flaws. Many pieces do not have mounting pins; in some instances, there are pins, but no holes for them to fit into; and the instructions are rather vague in some areas regarding the attachment points.

The front suspension is nicely detailed; the rear wheels and trailer wheels look great, and would also look good on a number of muscle cars. The front wheels, however, are a little heavy and would benefit from stripping the chrome and repainting them.

The engine is great! Even though it's molded in halves lengthwise and leaves a nasty seam to clean up, it looks nice when finished.

The headers and sidepipes look really good too. There are some heavy mold lines to clean up, and the fit to the engine on the driver's side is not great, but overall, they have that hot rod look.

The interior is pretty simple - but aren't they on the 1:1 hot rods too? The instructions were a little confusing when it came to the dash; in one place it shows painting the gauges yellow, but at the same time it shows applying the dash gauge decals, which are supplied with the kit. I chose to use the decals.

Many of the chrome parts have flash, and mold lines that have to be cleaned up. This leaves you with another dilemma: How do you touch up that much chrome and still have it look like chrome? It could be stripped and repainted with various chrome replicating paints like Alcad, but simplicity, I touched it up with Testor's Silver Chrome Trim paint. The result is acceptable.

If you're a fan of this hot rod style, then I strongly recommend this kit. Be prepared to spend a little extra time figuring out where the parts attach. Do plenty of test-fitting before glue and paint, and you should be fine.


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